Andhra Pradesh’s housing to use energy-efficient building technology

The new “Indo-Swiss energy-efficient building technology” will be used in Andhra Pradesh’s housing scheme: Pedalandariki Illu (housing for all the poor).

As part of the initiative, around 30 lakh of affordable housing is being built in the state. Indo-Swiss energy efficiency technology will lower the indoor temperature by about two degrees. Thus save about 20 percent of electricity, officials said.

Training will be provided 

Within the framework of the “Energy Efficiency in Buildings” project, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) through Indo-Swiss BEEP will train engineers and staff in the district and village secretariats and the housing department. This will help effectively apply the Energy Conservation Building Code-Residential (ECBC-R) in this affordable housing scheme.

Initially, 50 engineers will be trained as Master Trainers, so that they can provide training to other engineers.

Ajay Jain Explained project details

Chief Secretary of the Housing Department Ajay Jain attended a recent webinar hosting the Indo Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP), India. In the webinar Jain elaborates the complete government’s strategy for implementing this ambitious project.

The heat transfer rate to the roof can be reduced by means of roof insulation or reflective roof paint. Autoclaved aerated concrete blocks, hollow walls, hollow bricks, etc. would further reduce the net heat flow to the building. Using proper window protectors such as blinds or rollers stored outside the windows also reduces the net heat gain. 

The construction of the first stage covers about 14 lakh housing units. The government has decided to introduce energy-efficient and thermally comfortable structures in houses. This housing project will use energy-efficient design strategies that are in line with the Eco-Niwas Samhita 2018 (ECBC-Residential) Code for BEEP. ECBE-R provides adequate natural ventilation, reduces energy consumption by at least 20 percent. Improves thermal comfort, natural light, and provides a safer and healthier environment in the houses.

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